Brewed by Backus y Johnston (SABMiller)
Style: Pale Lager
Lima, Peru


on tap

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RATINGS: 326   WEIGHTED AVG: 1.96/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Brewed since 1921, Cristal is Peruís No. 1 selling beer, combining a light-bodied liquid with strong Andean imagery. It has been the No. 1 selling U.S. import from South America over the last eight years, primarily appealing to the approximately one million Peruvian consumers in the U.S.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
LordBeamish (144) - Boozetown, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 15, 2007
330 ml bottle: Thanks to my buddy for bringing this one back from Peru. Not much aroma...slightly grainy if anything. Poured a light straw (urine) colour with ample carbonation and a small, white head. Little flavour at the front of the palate. Extremely light with little going on. Leaves a weird film on the back of the throat. Not completely horrible but far from brilliant.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - MAY 28, 2007
Bottled, from a supermaket in Spain.
Pale yellow colour, soft very fine, fizzy white head, disipating quickly. Sweet, light bitter aroma. Sweet flavour with a dry bitter finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
MrBunn (2727) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2007
Bottle. Another wonderful international lager. Umm... well, itís like most of the best and hopefully not indicative of the best that Peru has to offer. Body is a light gold color that has a one finger high head. Aromas are of apple juice with a touch of corn/oats grain. Flavor is sweet with a grainy finish. Ho hum.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - APR 15, 2007
Very Pale Yellow Gold with White Skin. Sweet Grains, Light Honey Flavor..Slightly Dry and Stale Aftertaste. Very Light Bodied and Flavored..Not Offensive.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
radagast83 (7141) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - APR 5, 2007
Probably not representative to the Peru brewing culture, this beer is practically no different than half the other macro pale lagers Iíve had from across the globe. Grass, skunk, and water. Not much else.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 31, 2007
Bottled. Poured a clear brighter golden with a couple streams of rising carbonation and sticky lacing. The aroma was heavy on the skunk factor with underlying sweet pale malts and cardboard. The flavor was slightly better.. more pale malts and a hint of citrus... but the skunk doesnít go away. Well-carbonated and light-bodied... corn syrup stickiness at the finish. Not anywhere near good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
Funknmilla (734) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2007
Light golden color, very fluffy foam...sour yeasty aroma...very light..is this beer flavored water??...refreshing aye??....this beer can be chugged with no un-pleasant aftertaste...chug it to get it out of your face!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
riversideAK (6098) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 8, 2007
Beer pours light golden. Very bubbly with a quickly disappearing head. Crisp and refreshing. Reminds me of Pacifico. I would drink this with spicy latin dishes, fish tacos, etc.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - FEB 16, 2007
This beer was a slight step above some of the latin American Imports or cheaper US Macro brews, but not much. Poured to a pale golden yellow, with snow white head that dissipated quickly to little lacing. Aroma was slightly hoppy, as was the flavor, but not much else there. I actually enjoyed the mouthfeel, which was tingly and the finish was fairly long and somewhat pleasant. Okay from an area not known for beer, but doubt that Iíll have many more.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
CigarsLoveBeer (153) - Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2007
Bottle: Pale yellow color, plain head. I noted a hint of hops in the aroma, which is ok, and sweat, which is kinda disgusting. Ok, very disgusting. In the mouth, this beer started with some mild malts, before hitting me with some bad sour notes, and finishing weakly, oily, and gross. This may be the worst beer I have ever had. Congrats!

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